• 23 St Machar Drive, Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences

      AB24 2TZ Aberdeen

    • 239 Citations
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    Personal profile


    I have recently joined the University of Aberdeen modelling carbon cycling and bioenergy crops, and work with Dr Astley Hastings of Aberdeen, UEA and Exeter University on the FAB-GGR project to determine the feasibility for a BECCS (bioenergy and carbon capture) scheme. Previously, I was an agri-environmental modeller in crop growth and nutrient cycling working at Rothamsted Research for 9.5 years on sustainable grassland agriculture in the UK, and previously to that I worked in Canadian agriculture to model water resources and drought occurrence. I use agri-systems models to provide future scenarios under different management systems or climate changes. I have a wide skills base. I also have recent and past experience in laboratory analysis in soil, water, blood type, and pharmaceutical labs. I am Microsoft certified with an MTA in database and SQL fundamentals, I write programs using Fortran, Unix or R script


    Research Overview:


    Research Fellow: Modeller of carbon cycling & bioenergy crops University of Aberdeen December 2017 – Present (5 months)

    Research Scientist: Agri-Environmental Systems Modeller Rothamsted Research March 2008 – August 2017 (9 years 6 months)

    Research Scientist: University of Lethbridge September 2006 – December 2007 (1 year 4 months)


    Climate Change Specialist: Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development; Irrigation Branch May 2004 – September 2006 (2 years 5 months)

    Researcher University of Lethbridge  September 2003 – May 2004 (9 months)

    Post-Doc & Term Research Scientist

    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada October 1999 – September 2003 (4 years)

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    Research Output 2002 2019

    Metrics of biomass, live-weight gain and nitrogen loss of ryegrass sheep pasture in the 21st century

    Shepherd, A., Hartman, M. D., Fitton, N., Horrocks, C. A., Dunn, R. M., Hastings, A. & Cardenas, L. M., 7 May 2019, In : Science of the Total Environment. 685, p. 428-441 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    twenty first century
    1 Citation (Scopus)

    Climate change and hydrology at the prairie margin: historic and prospective future flows of Canada's Red Deer and other Rocky Mountain river

    Philipsen, L. J., Gill, K. M., Shepherd, A. & Rood, S. B., 15 Aug 2018, In : Hydrological Processes. 32, 17, p. 2669-2684 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    climate change
    Open Access
    soil organic matter
    5 Downloads (Pure)

    Historic record of pasture soil water and the influence of the North Atlantic Oscillation in south-west England

    Shepherd, A., Atuhaire, W., Wu, L., Hogan, D., Dunn, R. & Cardenas, L., Feb 2017, In : Hydrology Research. 48, 1, p. 277-294 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    North Atlantic Oscillation
    soil moisture
    soil water
    6 Citations (Scopus)

    Spatially detailed retrievals of spring phenology from single-season high-resolution image time series

    Vrieling, A., Skidmore, A. K., Wang, T., Meroni, M., Ens, B. J., Oosterbeek, K., O’Connor, B., Darvishzadeh, R., Heurich, M., Shepherd, A. & Paganini, M., 1 Jul 2017, In : International journal of applied earth observation and geoinformation. 59, p. 19-30 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    image resolution
    Image resolution
    Time series